Thinking about a deep and depressing topic, but first, let's have some fun! These are my top five Shonen Knife songs. If you don't know Shonen Knife, I am happy to be able to correct that deficiency in your musical knowledge. If you do know Shonen Knife, I look forward to some vigorous disagreement! Here we go!
Number 5: I Wanna Eat Cookies
Here the knife address one of their usual themes: food. What I dig about this, though, is how they forsake their usual Ramones-y song structure in favor of a nice lil' slab o' Sabbath-esque metal. About cookies. (The kickass solo comes at 2:43...)
Number 4: Making Plans for Bison
The song that really started it all for me. "He has a right to live though he's ill-shaped." (Note: this is an incredibly shitty video even by the standards of 1986. But kind of charmingly terrible. )
3.Top of the World. For me, a great cover version sounds like the band covering the song wrote it. That's why Johnny Cash and the Ramones are the best cover artists ever. But the knife makes a bid for #3 with this, the standout track from an otherwise predictably mediocre Carpenters tribute album.
2. Buttercup (I'm a Super Girl). A song I have great sentimental attachment to. (Read all about it here!) (or maybe don't because this chapter reads pretty mawkish to me 12 years later) , but also really the perfect match of band and subject matter (in this case, the titular sullen, violent, and awesome Powerpuff girl)
1.Ramones Forever. I mean, of course I'm gonna pick a song about ths is that it is a sincere and unironic tribute to the greatest rock and roll band ever. I actually find it quite moving:
If you've enjoyed this, please go buy some music by this excellent band. Fun! Fun! Fun! and Supergroup are good places to start.